Wade Boggs Wears Yankees World Series Ring to Red Sox Ceremony at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox are set to retire Wade Boggs' No. 26 on Thursday night, but after what he did on Wednesday, the team may be rethinking that special honor. OK, maybe not. But when someone wears a New York Yankees World Series ring to Fenway Park, Red Sox Nation tends to raise an eyebrow—or two. Boston celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Red Sox team—which lost to the New York Mets in the World Series on Bill Buckner's error—on Wednesday night. Thirteen years or so ago, it might have stung to have such a ceremony. However, given the Curse of the Bambino has been broken, this was a night to honor one of the most memorable teams in franchise history. Boggs, who spent the first 11 seasons of his major league career with Boston, donned a Red Sox jersey once again. But he also sported an interesting piece of jewelry: A Yankees ring with a Red ...


Julio Urias Called Up by Dodgers: Latest Comments and Reaction

The Los Angeles Dodgers are calling up pitcher Julio Urias, and he is expected to make his MLB debut Friday against the New York Mets, the team announced Thursday.    Urias will replace Alex Wood in the rotation, who will skip a start due to left triceps soreness, according to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider. Per Weisman, Urias, "at 19 years, 289 days old will be the youngest Major League pitcher since Felix Hernandez’s 2005 season with Seattle, the youngest Dodger pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela made his debut as a reliever in 1980 and the youngest Dodger starting pitcher since Dick Calmus on August 23, 1963." Urias has been excellent at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 4-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 41 innings this season. According to MLB Pipeline, he is the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball and both the No. 2 pitcher and player overall. He hasn't given up a run in 27 straight innings in ...


1 Potential 2016 Trade Idea for All 30 MLB Teams Heading into June

The MLB trade market generally doesn't heat up until the beginning of July, but it's never too early to start speculating about some potential deals that teams could explore. We've broken down the following article into buyers, sellers and teams still on the fence, as it's not clear where all 30 teams will fall at this point with so much baseball left to be played. For buyers, we've proposed a trade to help plug one of their areas of need and for sellers we've suggested a deal that could turn a veteran piece into young assets. In the case of teams on the fence, a decision had to be made between buyer and seller for the sake of suggesting a potential deal, but things could obviously change there based on what approach the team winds up taking. At any rate, one trade proposal has been laid out for all 30 MLB clubs. In many cases, ...


2016 MLB Rookie of the Year Stock Watch, May Edition

Another year, another season of Major League Baseball having more talented rookies than it knows what to do with. And if nothing else, that makes for enticing Rookie of the Year races. This year's Rookie of the Year contestants might not be quite as strong as a 2015 class that was among the best in recent memory, but it's no slouch. There are good competitions going for the American League and National League Rookie of the Year awards, and our aim is to break down how they're looking. That involves weighing two things: total body of work and the way each player is trending. And in these rankings, the second thing matters just as much as the first. We'll begin with a quick look at some rookies who are on the edges of the races, and then dive into the top five contenders for each league.Begin Slideshow


Chase Utley Showing MLB, Dodgers He Has More Left in the Tank

Even without a career that included six All-Star appearances, four Silver Sluggers and three seasons in which he finished in the top 10 in NL MVP voting, Chase Utley would still forever remain in the baseball lexicon. Albeit because of one play. Utley became infamous when he launched himself toward second base in Game 2 of last year’s National League Division Series, breaking New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg but preventing a double play. This offseason, MLB legislated that kind of violent action out of the game, adopting what is known as the "Utley Rule." The ultra-competitive, highly controversial play was thought to mark the end of an otherwise stellar career. That is, until Utley, thought to be dead weight on a talented Los Angeles Dodgers roster, trotted out to second base this season. Nearly two months into the MLB season, not only is Utley a crucial part of the Dodgers lineup, but ...


Is 2009 or 2014 Spending Spree More to Blame for Yankees’ Payroll Mess?

Zero. That's how many dollars the New York Yankees spent on major league free agents this winter.  Considering they've got MLB's second-highest payroll and a well-earned reputation for cutting cartoonish checks, that's sort of a big deal. What gives? For one, New York is still recovering from a pair of recent spending sprees that added crippling payroll obligations and have yielded mixed results on the field. The first came in 2009 and the second in 2014. The 2016 Yankees sit at 22-23 entering play Thursday, 6.5 games out in the American League East. They're not sunk. They've won seven of their last 10, and the East is a wide-open division—even with the powerful Boston Red Sox pacing the pack. But these Yanks are no one's idea of a juggernaut. They're a flawed, aging club clinging to the edges of the postseason picture. There are reasons to be optimistic about the future, as we'll delve into later. For now, ...


Xander Bogaerts Quietly Becoming Crown Jewel of Red Sox’s Homegrown Bumper Crop

It's too obvious to call Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts an X-factor (get it?). And it's an understatement to simply call him a factor in Boston's rise to the top of the American League East standings. Bogaerts has been much more than a mere factor. He's been a revelation. And he might just be the best of the Red Sox's current, enviable crop of homegrown impact players. After going 1-for-3 with a home run in the Red Sox's 10-3 drubbing of the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Bogaerts is hitting .349 with five homers, 26 RBI and a .917 OPS.  Add his plus defensive abilities at a premium position, and it's no wonder the 23-year-old entered play Wednesday at sixth in the game with 2.6 wins above replacement (WAR), just ahead of the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper at 2.3. Bogaerts isn't the only young Boston player contributing to the team's early success. Far from ...


Brandon Belt Injury: Updates on Giants 1B’s Ankle and Return

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt suffered an ankle injury Wednesday during his team's game against the San Diego Padres.  Continue for updates.  Belt's Ankle Sprain Considered "Mild" Wednesday, May 25 According to CSNBayArea.com's Alex Pavlovic, Belt may need "a couple days off" to let the injury heal.   Belt has had trouble avoiding the injury bug each of the past two seasons, with a concussion, thumb ailment and a minor meniscus tear all cropping up. However, he's been a solid contributor when healthy.  All told, Belt finished 2015 with a career-high 18 home runs, 68 RBI and a .280 batting average. Entering Wednesday's clash with the Padres, Belt was batting .281 with four home runs and 22 RBI through 47 appearances.  Should Belt miss time, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will have the luxury of shuffling pieces around and moving catcher Buster Posey up the line to first. Last season, Posey logged 323.2 innings at first base and posted a ...


Vin Scully Declines Offer to Take Part in Broadcasting 2016 MLB All-Star Game

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who is in his 67th and final season calling games, has declined Fox Sports' offer to work the MLB All-Star Game on July 12 in San Diego, SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported Wednesday.  Brad Zager, who has known Scully since his time with Prime Ticket and KCAL-TV in the early 2000s, made the offer, per Deitsch.     He noted Scully was "appreciative" but "felt it was not his place to be in someone else’s broadcast booth." Scully even told Zager, "I’m not Kobe Bryant. I’m just out there calling games." The 88-year-old last called an All-Star Game in 1989, remembered for Bo Jackson's leadoff home run while President Ronald Reagan was in the booth: Scully began his Hall of Fame career as a 22-year-old in 1950 when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn and has been the golden voice of baseball ever since, receiving the highest of praises from many sporting personalities, ...


Terry Collins, John Ricco Comment on Matt Harvey’s Struggles

After considering demoting starting pitcher Matt Harvey to the minor leagues, the New York Mets' leadership has agreed to stick with him at the MLB level.   ESPN.com's Adam Rubin reported Wednesday that Harvey will make his next start at home this coming Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Rubin's report featured comments from Mets manager Terry Collins and assistant general manager John Ricco regarding the Harvey situation. Collins expressed a desire to see Harvey bounce back from the adversity and use it to light a competitive fire under him to return to his 2013 All-Star form: This guy is too big a piece to write him off, to flip him in the bullpen to where you've got to pick and choose when you might use him. ... He was the best in baseball [in 2013]. That's the guy we're trying to get back instead of 'woe is me.' What he did last year, ...


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